The City of London Corporation is aiming to become the first local authority in the UK to run a fully electric fleet of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs). How far behind this progressive thinking are we in Ireland?
The contract for waste collection, street cleansing and ancillary services was awarded to Veolia, and will see the full fleet of all electric RCVs come online within a year. All will be equipped with 360-degree cameras and audible warning reversal systems to improve safety.
The vehicles will use on-board weighing equipment to digitally record bin weights at residential properties, enabling recycling performance to be efficiently calculated.
All vehicles will be digitally tracked to monitor and auto-allocate cleansing tasks dependant on geographical location and capacity.
Gavin Graveson, executive vice-president for Veolia UK and Ireland, said, “The new fleet of electric vehicles will play a significant role in improving local air quality, with real-time data technologies delivering greater synergies between collections and street cleansing operations.”